Generally considered, without hyperbole, to be the world’s greatest living actress, Meryl Streep is certainly the most honored with a record-breaking 16 Oscar nominations (and three wins) and 25 Golden Globe nominations (and seven wins). Early acting highlights for the Yale School of Drama graduate and former New York stage actress include the TV miniseries “Holocaust” and such acclaimed films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Kramer vs. Kramer” (first Oscar win), “Sophie’s Choice” (second Oscar win), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Silkwood.”
The earthy blond, famed for her facility with foreign dialects, was next seen in such dramas as “Out of Africa,” “Ironweed” and “A Cry in the Dark,” as well as in lighter fare such as “Heartburn,” “Postcards From the Edge” and “Death Becomes Her,” which successfully showcased her comedic abilities.
Steady feature roles followed throughout the 1990s, most notably in the dramas “The River Wild,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “One True Thing” and “Music of the Heart.”
Streep jumped into the 2000s with a pair of Oscar-nominated performances in “Adaptation” and “The Hours” along with an Emmy-winning turn in the celebrated HBO miniseries “Angels in America.”
The actress then took on an eclectic string of feature parts in dramas (“Evening,” “Doubt”), political thrillers (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “Rendition,” “Lions for Lambs”), comedies (“Prime,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” "Julie & Julia,” “It’s Complicated”), family films (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”) and even a musical (“Mamma Mia!”), reaching the broadest audiences of her career.
The wry, often self-deprecating Streep has been married to sculptor Don Gummer since 1978. They have four children, including actors Mamie Gummer and Henry Gummer.
|1978||Best Supporting Actress||The Deer Hunter||Nomination|
|1979||Best Supporting Actress||Kramer vs. Kramer||Win|
|1981||Best Actress||The French Lieutenant's Woman||Nomination|
|1982||Best Actress||Sophie's Choice||Win|
|1985||Best Actress||Out of Africa||Nomination|
|1988||Best Actress||A Cry in the Dark||Nomination|
|1990||Best Actress||Postcards from the Edge||Nomination|
|1995||Best Actress||The Bridges of Madison County||Nomination|
|1998||Best Actress||One True Thing||Nomination|
|1999||Best Actress||Music of the Heart||Nomination|
|2002||Best Supporting Actress||Adaptation||Nomination|
|2006||Best Actress||The Devil Wears Prada||Nomination|
|2009||Best Actress||Julie & Julia||Nomination|
|2011||Best Actress||The Iron Lady||Win|